“Those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” - Proverbs 11:25b
It was October 2007, I was sitting in biology class at Cornerstone University and minding my own business. All of a sudden I felt like time stopped…then the Lord just began to just pour this vision for a worship ministry into my life. It was a crazy experience because I felt like I wasn’t even really “in the room”, I was just so caught up in what was happening to me. After class, I went back to my apartment and wrote everything down the best I could. Over the last few years I’ve gotten more bits and pieces which is always exciting. I’m looking forward to the day when it goes from dream to reality. And that’s how it started.
A spiritual “pet peeve” of mine, if you will, is seeing burnt out leaders in churches. (And burnt out Christians for that matter) It’s sad to me because I have been there many times and know the feeling. Bill Hybels in his book, Holy Discontent, talks about having your Popeye moment, “That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more.” It’s that one thing that grabs a hold of your soul and drives you bring about change. The Well is that for me.
The Well is based on Proverbs 11:25 (above). I want The Well to be a place where pastors, worship leaders/team members, ministry leaders, volunteers, and anyone else who is used to giving and serving to come and be served. A place where leaders can be a sponge and just soak the refreshing presence of God. We ask and expect a lot from our leaders and it can be draining. The Well would be a place where they can come and be filled.
A ministry like The Well would have an opportunity to build a unique type of community. The Well would be on a day that doesn’t conflict with typical weekend services (that would defeat the purpose). I want people getting recharged and fired-up and then heading back to their local churches ready to roll. Also being a songwriter, If we started writing original songs as a community, it’s would be an avenue where now other worship leaders and pastors can come hear new songs and bring them back and incorporate them into their own services.
Andrew W. Blackwood said, ”The time has come for a revival of public worship as the finest of the fine arts…While there is a call for strong preaching there is even a greater need for uplifting worship.”
Nothing touches my soul like powerful music. That’s what I want to bring. Really good, powerful, authentic worship in an environment where the Spirit can do his thing and we all get to be a part of it.
That is some of my vision for The Well. I am doing my best to wait patiently for the right timing of this whole thing and to make sure I hear God’s leading.
This ministry simply won’t happen without people who share a similar goal. I can’t do it by myself, but if people can catch the vision, then I believe we could have something unique and special. So all I ask is that you pray. Pray for The Well, pray for the right time and the right people to be involved. If The Well is something that sounds good to you then please let me know…Email me and we can talk. Also if anyone has any advice and/or strategies for getting it off the ground, I’m all ears. Thanks for reading!
The Well: A time to be refreshed. A time to pour into other people’s lives.